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Decorated Initial, In Rabanus Maurus's 'The Universe' f.45r

Decorated Initial, In Rabanus Maurus's 'The Universe' f.45r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Royal MS 12 G.xiv

Item number: f.45r

Length: 41

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Rabanus Maurus (c.776-856) was abbot of Fulda and later archbishop of Mainz. Between 852 and 846 he compiled The Universe' (also called 'The Nature of things'), a sort of encyclopaedia arranged in 22 books, based on the 'Etymologies' of Isidore. This copy was written at the Benedictine abbey at St. Albans. Each book of this encyclopaedic work is introduced by a fine decorated initial with arabesque foliate ornament.

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